Contest being held to decorate 'SoBro' crosswalks


by Alex Schuman

Posted on July 31, 2014 at 10:32 PM

Updated Friday, Aug 1 at 9:07 AM

 LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11)-– Fourth Street in Downtown Louisville is one of many areas that showcases Louisville’s artistic side.  Officials from Develop Louisville want to extend that public art south of Broadway.  

They now call the neighborhood, “SoBro.”  The newly named section of town is made up the area between Broadway and Kentucky, and 1st and 9th Street.  
“It’s a very nice neighborhood,” Germaine Wilson said, who lives in the area.  “I just think it needs some work – an upgrade.”
One upgrade already in the works will be to replace four sets of crosswalks with artwork.  The four intersections along Fourth Street will be Broadway, York, Breckinridge and Kentucky.
“We’re trying to show the rest of the area what we have here,” Brent Collins said, a SoBro community organizer.
Collins said the neighborhood values art and education.  The area is home to Spalding University, Louisville’s Public Library and several small shops and restaurants.  
“It’ll be very beautiful, but it could be very distracting,” Wilson said. 
The painted, art-filled crosswalks, have actually had the opposite effect in cities already using the idea, according to Develop Louisville.  Their research suggests the designs calm traffic, and increase pedestrian use of the crosswalks.  
They could not provide any data, and a WHAS11 could also not find any statistics that back-up or deny the claim.
If interested in submitting a crosswalk design the proper entry form must be submitted, and the design follow the guidelines.  Click here for a direct link to the contest. 
The deadline for submissions is August 22nd.  You can submit designs digitally, or mail in a physical copy.